Five Final Images Conclude Five-Year Canadian Photography Series

Iconic images from distinguished photographers appear on five Canadian Photography stamps issued July 5 by Canada Post.

The domestic-rate permanent stamps feature photographs from Claire Beaugrand-Champagne, Robert Bourdeau, Gilbert Duclos, Samuel McLaughlin, and William James Topley.

The stamps are part five of a five-year series and are being issued in booklets of 10. Also, there are two souvenir sheets (one with three domestic-rate stamps, the other with two). As with all issues in 2017, the stamps contain a special Canada 150 feature. With these stamps, the Canada 150 logo repeats across the bottom and top of the stamps in taggant, which is visible only in ultraviolet light.

Here is a summary of the photographs on the stamps, including the artist’s title, the year and location, appearing on the stamps:

Beaugrand-Champagne: “Ti-Noir Lajeunesse,” [“The Blind Violinist, Disraeli”], Quebec, 1972. Beaugrand-Champagne was Quebec’s first female press photographer, well known for her documentary images of people who have served as powerful reflections of society.

Robert Bourdeau: “Ontario, Canada,” 1989. Bourdeau built a reputation for producing images taken with large-format cameras. His photographs are found in major collections in Canada and the United States. His work focuses on the revealing details of subjects ranging from traditional landscapes to architecture and still life.

Gilbert Duclos: “Enlacées,” Montreal, 1994. Duclos has focused his lens on scenes that reflect his passion for street humanism. Throughout his career as a professional photographer, his photographic series have depicted many of the Western world’s cities. His work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions. His portrait of jazz pianist Oscar Peterson was on a stamp Canada Post issued in 2005.

Samuel McLaughlin: “Construction of the Parliament Buildings, Centre Block,” circa 1862. McLaughlin became the province of Canada’s first official photographer in 1861. He published Canada’s first photographic collection: The Photographic Portfolio (1858-60), an impressive documentation of several Canadian public work projects, including the construction of the Parliament buildings.

William James Topley: “Sir John A. Macdonald,” circa 1883. Topley left a visual record of the first 50 years after Confederation, which include captivating portraits of Canada’s early political leaders. He learned the art of photography early from his mother, joined the William Notman Studio in Montreal for three years and later took over a branch office in Ottawa.

The stamps were printed by Canadian Bank Note and designed by Stéphane Huot.

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